Strong international line-up for MDM Motorsport
20 March 2019
MDM Motorsport have named a strong driver line-up for the 2019 GT4 European Series, with American Alec Udell and Dutch driver Simon Knap set to team up in one of the team’s BMW M4 GT4s. Koen Bogaerts and Mark van der Aa will race together in the team’s second BMW M4 GT4.
23-year-old Udell will make his European race debut at Monza next month, after racing in North America for several years. The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup champion, who is a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, will race with highly experienced GT4 driver Knap.
The Dutchman, who narrowly missed out scooping the Silver Cup title in 2018, will start his fifth season with BMW and MDM Motorsport in the GT4 European Series. The American-Dutch driver duo is set to be one of the title contenders in this year’s GT4 European Series Silver Cup.
"With Simon we have a fast and experienced driver in our team, who is familiar with all the circuits on the calendar. Alec has driven many different cars and only needed a few laps to get to grips with the BMW. Our target is to fight for the podium places with Simon and Alec," said MDM Motorsport team manager Dennis Bus.
Bogaerts and Van der Aa return for their second consecutive season in the GT4 European Series. The Dutch drivers amassed 31 points in their debut season in the championship and claimed a third-place finish at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
This season Bogaerts and Van der Aa aim to finish in the top eight of the Silver Cup on a regular basis.
"We are very happy to have Koen and Mark with us again in the GT4 European Series. Last year everything was about learning the tracks and the car. This year we'll continue to build on last year's experiences and our goal is to bring them closer to Simon and Alec," said Bus.
All four drivers have already completed their first laps in their BMW M4 GT4s during a test day at the Zandvoort circuit in The Netherlands, earlier this week.
"We'll go for the best possible results this year. It's a proper team sport and with this driver line-up and our fantastic crew we should be able to fight for the top positions," added Bus.
The team will now further prepare the cars ahead of the opening round at Monza (April 12-14). Both cars will race with new liveries, which will be revealed at a later moment.